Jordan McErlean is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution & Restructuring Department in the Cayman Islands office of Conyers. Jordan joined Conyers as an Associate in 2017 after obtaining a first class honours’ law degree and subsequently, a master’s degree in law from University College London (UCL), a Russell Group university. Since joining Conyers, he has undertaken secondments to both the Bermuda and Hong Kong offices of Conyers, and Wilberforce Chambers in London, a leading barristers’ chambers specialising in general commercial litigation, civil fraud, trusts, insolvency and other areas. Additionally, Legal 500: Caribbean describes Jordan as a ‘Rising star who will go far.’

Jordan’s practice covers all areas of international commercial litigation, including trusts, insolvency, shareholder disputes, professional negligence, civil fraud and asset tracing, cryptocurrency related litigation, employment, arbitration, and judicial review. Jordan has been involved in a number of major Cayman Islands decisions on a variety of these issues at first instance and appellate level. Jordan is user friendly and gives clients practical commercial advice, backed up by meticulous legal research.

Jordan has acted in relation to a broad variety of trust matters, including recently a major trial involving Bermuda purpose trusts, giving rise to a range of novel issues.

Jordan has acted in relation to some of the largest shareholder disputes in Cayman Islands history and is well versed in advising shareholders on their rights.

Jordan is adept in all aspects of insolvency (creditors winding up petitions, just and equitable winding up petitions) and restructuring law (schemes of arrangement etc), and in assisting insolvency professionals in making recoveries for stakeholders whether for example through claw back claims, or by making claims against third parties such as against service providers or directors.

Jordan also has particular expertise in all aspects of cross-border legal issues, including the enforcement of foreign judgments, the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, facilitating cross-border insolvency and restructuring proceedings between Hong Kong, the USA (in support of chapter 11/15 proceedings), the Cayman Islands and elsewhere. Jordan has also assisted Queen’s Counsel in preparing various pieces of expert evidence on Cayman Islands law for presentation to foreign courts, in the United States and otherwise.

Jordan is an expert in assisting individuals and companies in relation to cryptocurrency related litigation including recovery of stolen tokens through legal means.

Jurisdiction

Experience

  • Successfully acted for RMF in DD Growth Premium 2X Fund -v- RMF Market Neutral Strategies (Master) Ltd.
  • Acted for the General Partner of Torchlight Fund LP in its successful defence against a just and equitable winding up petition and in a related counter-claim.
  • Acted for PROPARCO (a Development Financial Institution partly owned by the French Development Agency (AFD) and private shareholders from the developed countries and developing nations) in its defence of a BVI claim brought against Dragon Capital (a Vietnam based fund manager).
  • Acted for a major Cayman Islands company in its defence of an unfair dismissal claim brought by a former employee.
  • Acting for the Public Institution For Social Security in respect of the on-going provisional liquidation of Abraaj Holdings.
  • Acted on behalf of David Gao in a claim for breach of directors’ duties against China Biologic Products Holdings, Inc.
  • Acted for Outrider Master Fund and Stephen Hope in their defence of conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duties claims brought by Frontera.

Qualifications

Professional Background

  • Articled Clerk, Conyers Dill & Pearman, 2015

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), BPP University, 2015
  • Master of Laws (LLM) in International Commercial Law – University College London, 2014
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with First Class Honours – Swansea University, 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Cayman Islands, Attorney-at-law, 2017

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognised in the 2021 edition of Legal 500 (dispute resolution)
  • Recognised in the 2020 edition (and 2019) of Global Restructuring Review 100

Associations

  • Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Recovery & Insolvency Specialists’ Association Cayman (RISA)
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
  • INSOL International

Publications

Offshore Cases

Contributor – Chen, T., Jarvis, L., Macdonald, S., and Whiting, A. (2014). Cyberterrorism and the News Media. Cyberterrorism Project Research Report (No. 3).